In Extremis

Brett Harrington


I can’t feel
my hunger anymore—

those bony
hands tremor
before me

can’t clasp the other
in prayer

This ruin
I am now:

crumbled stone
of an altar

verdant moss



Brett Harrington’s previous or forthcoming publications include Psaltery & Lyre, Burningword, Ligeia, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Shore, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net award and lives in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon.